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Monday - September 22, 2014
Uplinq, Qualcomm's big -- and it was big -- developers' conference, took place last week. There were two parts that were particularly interesting. One was its new robotics effort, and the other was the announcement that it's pushing Vuforia, its augmented reality platform, into wearable head-mounted displays -- think Google Glass on steroids -- that we may end up wearing every waking moment. [More...]

Saturday - September 20, 2014
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Amazon skipped the Apple-style hoopla, but its new tablets would have been worthy of a little fanfare. It also unveiled a couple of new e-readers that are nicer than the previous e-readers -- but still, they're just e-readers. Also new on the gadget scene: an Oculus Rift alternative, a kit that turns a fish tank into a hydroponic garden, and a thermostat that helps save energy. [More...]

Friday - September 19, 2014
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Google has promised that the next version of Android will provide encryption by default, a move that will bring device security on a par with that provided by Apple's newly bolstered iOS 8. While phones and tablets will be much harder to hack, there's still the itty-bitty problem of the cloud. "Consumers should not be led to believe that they are now 100 percent safe," said analyst Michael Morgan. [More...]

Friday - September 19, 2014
iOS 8
Among the many ripples caused by Edward Snowden's decision to blow a whistle on the NSA is Apple's focus on security in iOS 8. The update makes Apple devices fortresses of security, more or less, but it does nothing to shore up the company's cloud. "Backed-up data in iCloud could still be turned over in the event of a government information request," noted Zscaler's Michael Sutton. [More...]

Thursday - September 18, 2014
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Amazon trotted out a bevy of Kindle tablets and readers, unabashedly comparing its top-of-line Fire HDX favorably to Apple's much pricier iPad. Its display has 30 percent more pixels, and it's twice as loud. The Fire HDX is even 20 percent lighter than the iPad Air, Amazon said. The new tablets "are quality products at very aggressive prices right before Christmas," noted tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

Thursday - September 18, 2014
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Logitech wants to be the throbbing heart of the smart home, giving consumers a streamlined way to control all of its separate automated features, from dimming the lights and locking the doors to selecting a program to watch on TV. Logitech has "a really good chance" of succeeding, said Strategy Analytics' Bill Ablondi. It has "all the IR codes for billions of different entertainment devices." [More...]

Thursday - September 18, 2014
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The early iPhone 6 reviewers didn't try very hard to stifle their yawns. I'm starting to think Apple might have been better off dropping off a box of iPhones at a retirement community and bringing in a bus full of schoolchildren to teach the old folks how to use the iPhones, filming their reactions, and buying ads everywhere to show them off. At the very least, we would have seen some delight. [More...]

Wednesday - September 17, 2014
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There's a new Legend of Zelda game that's not a Legend of Zelda game. Nintendo's Hyrule Warriors, which gives Zelda characters, settings and themes an injection of Dynasty Warriors action, may give gamers a reason to pull their Wii U consoles out of the dusty corners they've been inhabiting. The game shows up in the U.S. later this month. [More...]

Wednesday - September 17, 2014
Apple made the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system available for download on Wednesday, and while it looks familiar, it contains lots of new delights not only for fans, but also for its legions of developers. "If you already have iOS 7, you're going to immediately know how to use this, but there's a lot of new features," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. [More...]

Wednesday - September 17, 2014
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If camera makers want to compete with smartphone photography, they'll need to stay close to imaging's cutting edge, which is what Panasonic's done with its new point-and-shoot camera, the Lumix DMC-LX100. At $1,000, "the camera may be expensive for a point-and-shoot, but it's not out of line for an enthusiast camera," said photography guide creator David D. Busch. [More...]

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